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Shopping for Activated Nuts, Raw Nuts or Roasted Nuts in Canberra, Sydney and Throughout Australia: Which One Should You Choose?

You may have heard chatter about activated nuts or raw nuts and wondered what all the fuss was. When shopping for activated or raw nuts in Australia, you have probably even wondered whether choosing activated nuts warrants the price difference. In this article, we will help you to understand the difference between the various types of nuts available on the market, to help you form your own opinion.

About Raw Nuts

Let’s start out raw. Raw nuts are inherently rich in vitamins and minerals—specifically calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and B group vitamins among other things. Obviously, the amounts and exact composition of vitamins and minerals varies depending on the type of nut and its quality. Nuts are also great sources of fibre and antioxidants and are associated with good heart health. All of these factors are true whether you choose raw nuts, roasted nuts or activated nuts from your favourite store in Sydney.

However, there are proponents who claim that raw nuts, while great for your health, do not guarantee the most efficient absorption of some of the nutrients contained within the nuts. Raw nuts contain phytic acid and phytate, the salt from phytic acid. Some studies have shown that phytates can act as enzyme inhibitors, thereby reducing your body's ability to digest and process the key nutrients present in raw nuts.

The Activated Nut Difference—And Where to Look for Activated Nuts in Australia

Activating nuts is the technique of soaking the nut in water or brine for approximately 24 to 48 hours and then dehydrating them again. Proponents claim that this process reduces the levels of phytates in the nut and allows for better absorption of the nut's nutrients by the body. It is difficult to find very much definitive, empirical evidence that supports this claim, though.

The process of roasting nuts may help to reduce phytate levels, too, but it may marginally diminish the nutrient levels in the nut, as well. During roasting, nuts may also absorb a small amount of oil, a factor that can make them a bit less of a healthy food choice. Roasting nuts can, however, help a nut to last longer.

But let’s not be too hasty to get rid of all the phytates in our diet. While some researchers do claim that phytates inhibit digestion and nutrient absorption, they may also be of benefit to the body as antioxidants. Some people even suggest that phytate can be an aid in fighting certain cancers (such as bowel cancer) by binding to iron. However, this is another area where clear empirical evidence can be difficult to find.

Excessive phytate intake is mostly a concern for people whose diets are high in legumes, nuts, seeds and grains—and specifically for those in developing countries with reduced access to food variety. People that follow a varied diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and meat, such as those on a Paleo diet, have little reason to be concerned about phytates.

Bottom line, the scientific evidence both for and against phytates is unclear at this point. However, if you are shopping for activated and roasted nuts in Canberra or Sydney, you might be interested to know that these types of nuts offer different textures and are sometimes tastier or sweeter than their raw, un-activated counterparts. You can buy activated nuts from reputable health food stores throughout Australia, and in Canberra and online from Let’s Be Natural.

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